World Health Organization (WHO) head of Ebola Response Bruce Aylward
Resistance Stalling Anti-Ebola Progress In Sierra Leone, Guinea
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) – World Health Organization (WHO) head of Ebola Response Bruce Aylward says continued resistance within communities in Sierra Leone and Guinea to measures to rein in the Ebola outbreak is threatening progress.
He said in both countries some Ebola patients are still not being isolated and treated, while unsafe burials of the highly contagious dead bodies are still going on, according to a WHO release.
Aylward said that it should be possible to halt transmission of the virus completely by the middle of the year, but acknowledged that if community resistance continues "it's a bit of a crapshoot in terms of when transmission will actually stop."
According to him, in the forest region of Guinea where the outbreak began 15 months ago, no new cases have been reported in the last 10 days.
There is "evidence now that Ebola can be stopped," Aylward said, emphasizing that "this can be done," and warned that if international attention wanes, "there is a huge risk of failing to do so."